NuForce AVP-18Price: $1095


Vince said: If you think of the AVP-18 as a DAC that just happens to decode the hi-rez audio formats found on Blu-rays, then you understand what it is and what it does. For $1095, the NuForce AVP-18 is a bargain for what it offers: excellent home-theater performance that would be perfectly at home in a high-performance system.

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The gist: Surprisingly inexpensive -- and good -- audiophile surround processor.